THURSDAY EDITION: Oops, missed the Wednesday edition with one
thing after another...including a CT scan to start the day
off...Weather has been sweet here on the island, my granite counters
in the kitchen are being installed this morning....one week without
a kitchen sink has been less than fun here, kind of like being stuck
on qrp for life and trying to pretend its fun....I dragged out the
hex beam spreaders, washed them down, and will spray paint them
green tomorrow. I had painted them white but they stuck out like a
sore thumb so will try the dark green as it will be in the tree
line. I do have to cut all new wire elements and plan on skipping 12
meters and go with 14-18-21-28mhz. Pictures to follow sometime.
RadioShack “Express Stores” to Open in
HobbyTown USA Locations
According to a July 13
in the New York Post
is planning to open “express stores” within
locations. The nearly century-old, twice-bankrupt retailer has
signed a deal with HobbyTown USA to put a mini-RadioShack outlet
in some 50 HobbyTown USA stores across the country that would
sell items that might appeal to radio amateurs and
experimenters. Those locations will be identified with
RadioShack signage. HobbyTown markets remote-controlled cars and
boats as well as drones and other hobby-related merchandise.
RadioShack shuttered all of its company-owned retail outlets.
Its last unsuccessful effort to bail itself out of debt involved
a deal with cellular provider Sprint. HobbyTown USA has 140
retail outlets, and, according to the Post article,
RadioShack eventually could carve out a presence — on the order
of 500 square feet — in all of them. HobbyTown USA stores in
Parker, Colorado, and Mooresville, North Carolina, will be among
the first to host RadioShack express stores.
“HobbyTown is purchasing the RadioShack merchandise and
offering it to its hobbyist customers who need the tools, wires,
and other accessories that RadioShack makes,” the Post
The article quoted Steve Moroneso, chief executive of General
Wireless Operations Inc. — an affiliate of hedge fund Standard
General which acquired RadioShack in 2015 — as saying that
RadioShack’s strategy now is not to own brick-and-mortar stores.
RadioShack came out of bankruptcy in January with 400 dealers,
an online retail presence, and a distribution center. General
Wireless acquired the 1,743 retail outlets that survived
RadioShack’s 2015 bankruptcy.
Moroneso also told the Post that there is “plenty of
interest from dealers who want to open a full-line Radio Shack.”
Dating its founding to 1921, RadioShack once offered a broad
array of name-brand Amateur Radio equipment — even beams and
towers — along with home entertainment gear and discrete
components, including transistors, resistors, and capacitors.
Its iconic 1960s-era catalog ran to more than 300 pages. In
later years, it sold a fairly popular 2-meter handheld
transceiver for a time, as well as Citizens Band equipment,
10-meter single banders, and shortwave receivers. RadioShack’s
retail website remains open, marketing many of the same items
once available in its retail outlets.
Google Maps pricing changes threaten
The popular amateur radio APRS tracking site
aprs.fi run by
Heikki Hannikainen OH7LZB is threatened by
changes to the Google Maps pricing model
Heikki Hannikainen OH7LZB writes:
For some time this morning, Google Maps on
a pop-up saying "This page can't load Google Maps correctly".
The map tiles were dark with "For Development Purposes Only"
written on them.
This was because of a configuration accident on my part: the
aprs.fi profile on
Google Cloud console was not properly linked to the correct
payments profile which has my credit card attached. That's now
fixed and the maps load fine. For a short while.
Due to the volunteer / charitable / non-profit uses in Amateur
Radio circles (SAR, disaster relief, etc)
aprs.fi has had a
generous free use limit from Google, even after the pricing went
up in 2012. With the recent pricing model changes for Google
Maps APIs, the free use quota got lost. It was a bit uncertain
whether it'll stay there or not, now it's obvious it's gone.
I'm trying to reach out to them and see if it can be reinstated,
or if a generous volume discount can be applied. If someone has
insider Google contacts who are amateur radio operators, please
email me and them in private.
If not, I might be looking at a bill of 4000-5000€ per month,
which obviously is something that I can't do. The billing has
now started, and I got a small credit for the transition &
try-out period, which will last for a few days, and I can pay
the bill for a few more days after that.
To reduce the loads a bit, I'll be disabling the Embedded maps
feature right now.
There is a risk that I'll have to replace Google Maps with
something, but it'll be a development effort which will take
quite some time, and the end result might not be quite as
smooth; the Maps API has been pretty great.
Source aprs.fi forum
TUESDAY EDITION: Looks like the potential for 2-3 inches
of rain today, we sure need it but not all in one day....
WTF Department: A British diver involved in the Thai cave
rescue mission has indicated he may sue Elon Musk over comments made
by the billionaire. Musk called the diver a "pedo" on Sunday in a
tweet he later deleted.
The diver had criticized the submarine that the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX,
and The Boring Company delivered to Thailand as being a "PR stunt."
"It's not finished," Unsworth told the Australian news media on
Monday, adding that Musk's insult meant "people realize what kind of
guy he is."
A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue has said he is
considering suing Elon Musk for describing him as a "pedo."
Asked by Australia's Channel 7 News on Monday whether he was
considering taking legal action, the British caver Vernon Unsworth
"Yes, it's not finished," he said. "It's not finished. I believe
he's called me a pedophile. Well, by definition, you're rescuing 12
young boys, by definition that puts everybody in the same context."
He added: "I'm not going to make any further com
First to take U.S. Tech test -
The new exam for the U.S. Technician license made its debut - but
not where you might think. John Williams VK4JJW has that story.
"In case you were wondering where in the United States the first
Technician exam was given with the new set of questions - well, keep
wondering. It wasn't in the U.S at all but in Australia.
Two candidates, Ward and John, sat for the test at a hangar in
Bankstown Airport in Sydney at 8 a.m. local time on Sunday, July 1.
But wait - it was still Saturday afternoon in the States!
Getting a jump on things nonetheless were VEs Julian AG6LE, Bob
AC1CZ and Brad AK2QQ as part of Oz-VE, which gives the U.S.
licensing tests across eastern Australia.
Better still, Julian tells us, both candidates passed the test.
The early bird gets the ... license.
WRTC 2018 Teams Produce Amazing Contact
Totals Despite Poor Conditions
A crack team of contesters from Lithuania has won the gold medal
in World Radiosport Team Championship 2018 (WRTC
), held over the weekend in Germany. Operating
as Y81N, Gedas Lucinskas, LY9A, and Mindis Jukna, LY4L, topped
the real-time scoreboard for much of the event, which is held as
a competition within a contest in conjunction with the IARU HF
Championship. Lucinskas and Jukna had ended up in sixth place
during WRTC 2014, held in New England. They posted a raw score
of 594,015 poi, logging 3,668 CW contacts and 1,544 SSB
Conditions during the event were mediocre at best.
Taking second place to the pleasure of the German sponsors
was the Y81A team of Manfred Wolf, DJ5MW, and Stefan von Baltz,
DL1IAO, with 538,5432 points, with 3,620 CW contacts and 1,354
SSB contacts. They placed third in a nail-biting finale for the
bronze at WRTC 2014. The mostly German audience gave Wolf and
Baltz a huge ovation.
In the third spot this time around was the WRTC 2014
defending champion team of Dan Craig, N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut,
KL9A, who operated as Y82V, and racked up 506,461 points,
putting 3,769 CW contacts and 1,052 phone contacts into their
The WRTC 2014 second-place team of Rastislav Hrnko, OM3BH,
and Jozef Lang, OM3GI, from the Slovak Republic landed in tenth
place at WRTC 2018.
This year’s first-place team scored nearly 1.25 million fewer
points but some 650 more contacts than the WRTC 2014 first-place
team of N6MJ and KL9A. Overall, the competitors logged more than
300,000 contacts during the 24-hour event.
“The excitement of the competitors is at least as high as
that of the spectators watching the
WRTC 2018 organizers said as the event was starting to wind
down. “But what distinguishes viewers from contesters is that
the spectators can see the current position of all of the
stations — the contest teams do not.”
Determining the final results of WRTC 2018 involved an
extensive log-checking process, based in part on comparisons
between IARU HF Contest logs submitted to WRTC 2018 for that
The father-son Y87B team of Jeff Briggs, K1ZM, and Patrick
Briggs, KK6ZM, won the SSB Leader Award. The CW leaders,
operating as Y83O, were Tonno Vahk, ES5TV, and Toivo Hallikivi,
ES2RR, of Estonia.
Claiming the award for the most accurate log — which was said
to be very close — was the Y86V team of Leo Slavov, OR2F, and
Pascal Lierman, ON5RA, of Belgium. They made 39 logging errors.
The overall logging accuracy was reported to have been "better
than 95% accuracy."
Jannsen said he’s looking forward to 2022 and the next WRTC,
which will take place in Bologna, Italy, as announced at the
MONDAY EDITION: My annual Medicare physical today, similar
to the FCC no code Tech "Lite" License...a no frills physical exam.
Basic blood work, an eye test reading foot high letters, an ear test
a deaf person could pass, and a quick check to see if your heart is
half healthy....no finger up the ass anymore, they don't want to
find any trouble with your prostate gland. They are interested in
asking you a few questions though: Do you feel safe at home? Have
you had any suicidal thoughts? How many times have you fallen down
this year? And of course the memory test, they give you a few words
to remember and ask you to recite them back during the exam....and
you are out he doorway after they read the blood results which
always tell you that your are deficient in vitamin D and need
to by a supplement...and don't forget that baby aspirin!....
The Fusion with upgraded firmware is back in operation and is
running fine on 443.700 in Gloucester...
Kenwood ham radio transceiver
in Die Hard movie
ARRL have made available an article on the vintage movie
Die Hard that featured an amateur radio
transceiver believed to be the Kenwood TH-41BT 144/220/440 MHz
The Die Hard movie went on limited release in 21 theaters in the
USA 30 years ago on July 15, 1988 but incredibly it wasn't until
February 3, 1989 that it went on general release in the UK.
The ARRL article which appeared in the July 2018 issue of QST
describes the use of radio in the movie, download the PDF from
WIA News report ARN has launched interactive advertising
technology 'ShakeMe' across iHeartRadio,
via an audio ad format launched in December last year by Californian
tech company AdsWizz.
When listeners hear a ShakeMe advertisement – with a tailored
call to action, they will be able to shake their device which will
either trigger a phone call, download a coupon or open a landing
when they next unlock their phone.
ShakeMe advertisements are designed so that consumers can engage
directly with specialised ads without the need to unlock their
phones, click through or even look at their screen.
Geraint Davies COO of iHeartRadio Australia said:
"There is massive penetration of mobile ownership in Australia and a
rapid migration of radio listening onto digital platforms like
"When you combine those things with the ShakeMe technology, which
allows advertisers to give consumers the control to instantly
interact further with the brand while listening to their ad with
just a simple
shake of their phone, you have an incredibly powerful marking tool."
Read more and listen to a sample advert:
WEEKEND EDITION: I am sure most of you have experienced the
joy of programming a new walkie or mobile radio with frequencies and
tones. I use my computer to program everything I can, either Chirp
or RT systems software, and the task is fairly easy. The
adventure (nightmare) is programming a new frequency and tone in to
your radio while on vacation, etc. It is damn near impossible to
figure out as each radio's menu is totally different. No solution,
just an observation...I guess this thought occurred while using the
Icom 7300, which you can use without a manual! The same thing is
true of TenTec radios, an easy structured menu system that is easily
figured out......FIFA Had To Ask World Cup Broadcasters
To Stop Ogling Female Fans, plans on giving equal time to ugly
ARRL Announces Two Career
Opportunities at Headquarters
ARRL has announced career opportunities for a Business Services
Manager and a Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist at
Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.
The Business Services
Manager reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is
responsible for the marketing and sale strategies of print and
digital advertising along with wholesale book revenues.
Responsibilities include relationship management with all
clients, sales analysis — including internal and market trends
and management functions such as forecasting, budget preparation
— and staff management.
Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree and have 3 or more
years of in-depth industry- and job-specific and supervisory
experience. Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal
skills, strong written and oral communication skills, a high
level of sales and marketing expertise in print and digital
media, and extensive knowledge of Amateur Radio.
The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist reports to the
Lab Manager, and plans and performs a wide range of technical
duties in support of ARRL objectives with respect to
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio frequency
interference (RFI) in the Amateur Radio Service.
The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist must hold an
Amateur Radio license. This individual will work with ARRL
members and others in the Amateur Radio community to
resolve EMC/RFI problems, and will maintain a database of member
contact regarding specific EMC/RFI cases. The Senior Lab
Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist will work with Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) staff and with industry and
standards development organizations in the course of resolving
and preventing EMC/RFI problems.
The Senior Lab Engineer — EMC/RFI Specialist also will
identify devices with significant RFI potential, test the
devices, and draft detailed reports on their performance. The
individual in this position also will create and maintain ARRL
publications related to EMC/RFI and administer ARRL Laboratory
facilities and activities. Some travel may be required to
represent ARRL at conventions and technical symposia.
The applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree in electronics
or have 3 – 5 years of in-depth industry- and job-specific
experience. Ideal candidates will have experience in the EMC/RFI
field with an emphasis on Amateur Radio, familiarity with
Amateur Radio applications of electronics and radio technology,
sufficient technical creativity to develop technical programs
and activities in support of broadly defined objectives,
capability to provide technical direction to others, and the
ability to diplomatically and effectively communicate, both
orally and in writing.
For a detailed description of the job requirements for either
position, visit the ARRL
Employment Opportunities page.
ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in
ARRL was on hand in Boston July 8 – 13 for the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and
Propagation Society (AP-S
Symposium, held jointly held with the US National Committee
of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI
The ARRL exhibit included an Amateur Radio special event
demonstration station, N1P, and more than a dozen volunteers
staffed the ARRL exhibit.
“We had a very attractive booth
in a great location,” said ARRL Eastern Massachusetts
Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. “Engineers in
the antenna and propagation fields in industry and science
attending from all over the world stopped by the ARRL table
to see and learn about Amateur Radio.”
Temples said ARRL Headquarters provided supplies for the
booth as well as display copies of publications, “which
doubled as door prizes for drawings,” he added.
Complementing volunteers from the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts
Section were radio amateurs attending the conference who
donated their time between talks and seminars to assist with
the booth and greet fellow attendees.
“It was clear to me that our presence at the symposium
meant a great deal to the IEEE AP-S/URSI leadership,”
Temples said. “It’s difficult to have a ‘live’ Amateur Radio
station in an exhibit area of a major hotel, so we were
indeed fortunate to have access to one of the premiere
contesting stations in New England through a remote internet
HF setup, courtesy of Yankee Clipper Contest Club member
Greg Cronin, W1KM.” Temples said YCCC president Dennis Egan,
W1UE, supplied an Elecraft K3 to use on site.
In addition, Temples recounted that ARRL Volunteer
Examiners were able to conduct separate Amateur Radio
licensing exam sessions over 2 days at the conference thanks
to the efforts of the Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio
Group and Lou Harris, N1UEC. More than a dozen attendees
“The IEEE AP-S/URSI hams who will organize next year’s
event hope to secure the call sign N4P and recruit local
volunteers when the symposium moves to Atlanta, Georgia, in
2019,” Temples said. He expressed gratitude to Dave
Michelson, VA7DM, an Associate Professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia
and who chairs the IEEE’s AP-S/URSI Joint Meetings
Committee, for his help in coordinating the Amateur Radio
display. “Thanks also go to San Diego Section Manager Dave
Kaltenborn, N8KBC, and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, who advised
us following the 2017 ham radio effort.”
Amateur Radio Newsline
Report 2124 for Friday, July 13, 2018... a rehash of the
HAMS HELP AS WILDFIRES STRIKE COLORADO
PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's newscast with an update on
the more than a dozen wildfires that have swept through the
state of Colorado in less than two weeks and the amateurs
who've been able to help. Our report comes courtesy of
Amanda Alden K1DDN who has been working with ARES in
connection with those fires, which resulted in the
evacuation of more than 3,000 homes.
Amanda tells us that Type 1 and Type 2 Incident Management
Teams were called in quickly for many sites once the fires
flared so ARES was not called in for all of them. ARES was
activated, however, for the Quarry Fire, which was ignited
by lightning on the evening of Saturday July 7th, two miles
west of Canon City, Colorado. The fire began in rough
terrain but also threatened cell tower sites in addition to
an important ham radio repeater site. The same lightning
caused at least one other spot fire which was extinguished
quickly but also struck near two people on the Royal Gorge
Fremont County Incident Management Team asked the R5D1 ARES
team to assist with comms for the local wildfire team as
well as the fire protection district. As Amanda told us
[quote] "We actually fulfilled more of an AuxComm role for
the fire." [endquote] The amateur team monitored narrowband
VHF fire frequencies, tactical command and air-to-ground.
Incident Command also required hourly weather updates. The
ARES comm van also provided IP connectivity and a live
camera feed on flare-ups and hot spots. By July 8, air
attacks had done their job and ARES was able to demobilize
One wildfire team member, who is also a ham, was injured and
has since recovered. As Amanda reminded Newsline [quote]:
"ARES isn’t always about using amateur radio. When you have
these small rural teams fighting a fire, it’s about
assisting any way possible. If that includes using public
safety radio, that’s what we do”.
The Quarry Fire is now 100 percent contained. As of Newsline
production time, however, the Spring Fire - the second
largest in the state's history, continued to burn.
IRISH HAMS MARK ROLE OF RADIO IN SPORTS
PAUL/ANCHOR: A group of amateurs in Ireland are showing that
radio operators have always been good sports when it comes
to sports. Here's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
JEREMY: With the World Radiosport Team Championship about to
kick off in Germany and with the World Cup going on in
Russia, it's worth noting that a sporting event 120 years
ago also involved the use of radio. In 1898, Guglielmo
Marconi was invited to set up a wireless station aboard a
boat anchored at the finish line of that year's Kingstown
Regatta in Dublin. The goal was to be able to transmit the
race results to the harbour master's office in Kingstown and
from there, phoned into newsrooms from where special
editions of the newspapers could be printed and on the
newstands well before the yachts returned to port.
The 120th anniversary of this important "first" in sports
reporting by wireless is being commemorated on the 21st of
July by amateurs in Ireland using the call sign EI0MAR. They
will be operating from the Martello Tower and offering a
special QSL card for HF contacts. The station will also
monitor 145.525 MHz. Operations will be from about 1000 to
HONORING THOSE WHO DIED ON THE USS SAN DIEGO
PAUL/ANCHOR: In New York, hams are marking another historic
event on the water - in this case, a tragic event. Caryn Eve
Murray KD2GUT has that story.
CARYN: What do you do when history happens right on your
doorstep - or in the case of one ham club, right on your
shoreline? For the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club in
Lindenhurst, New York, the answer to that question was easy:
You operate a special event station. One hundred years ago
on July 19 six U.S. sailors lost their lives when an
explosion on board the USS San Diego sank the vessel off the
coast of a barrier island known as Fire Island. Club
president John Melfi W2HCB explains why this event hits so
close to home.
JOHN: Being that we are the Great South Bay Club, the Great
South Bay is a body of water that is on the north side of
the barrier island, which is the island between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Great South Bay. The San Diego unfortunately
sank ten miles off of Fire Island after its onboard radio
CARYN: Starting on July 14 and through the end of the month,
Special Event Station W2NMY will operate on all bands in all
modes honoring the six who perished aboard the only major
warship the U.S. lost after its involvement in World War I.
Successful contacts will earn a special certificate bearing
the sailors' names and a photo of the ship. John said
enthusiasm has been widespread but most especially among one
JOHN: We are hoping possibly to get a lot of military
veterans who are ham radio operators collecting that very
CARYN: The call sign is also historic. It had been used by
the U.S. Coast Guard at the HF station near Fire Island
Lighthouse. John said the club is proud to bring it alive
JOHN: Just look for that call sign W2NMY, that's whiskey two
november mike yankee.
HAMS ARE ON THE MOVE IN SOUTH AFRICA
PAUL/ANCHOR: In just a few days, the practice of operating
portable will take on new meaning for some hams in South
Africa. Here's Jason Daniels VK2LAW with more.
JASON: Amateur radio operators in South Africa can expect to
be on the move - quite literally - for the second Rapid
Deployment Amateur Radio challenge, known by the acronym
RaDAR. Some enthusiasts even call this form of portable
operation a "shack in a sack."
The challenge set for Saturday July 14th features hams
operating in the categories of fixed, field or moving. The
practice encourages hams to be able to operate with
self-sufficiency for extended periods of time, bringing
along their rigs and power supplies as well as shelter,
food, water and protective clothing.
According to the RaDAR Ops website, Rapid Deployment Amateur
Radio was launched in August of 2009.
The one-day challenge permits hams to use CW, SSB, FM,
satellite or any legal amateur radio digital mode - but no
The important part of the challenge isn't just to keep
making those contacts, but to keep things moving.
NEW CUBAN LICENSEES SCORE BIG ON EXAM
PAUL/ANCHOR: It pays to study hard for your license exam -
and some new amateurs in Cuba are celebrating, as we hear
from Kevin Trotman N5PRE.
KEVIN: What's better than a good signal report? How about a
96 percent success rate for new amateur licensees? Cuba gets
the bragging rights to this: In a recent report for FRC, the
Cuban amateur radio association, the country boasts an
overall pass rate of 95.97 percent so far this year for
exams taken. Of the 323 who have sat for their exams so far,
310 learned they would be getting their license.
HAM RADIO PAIRS WITH FRS FOR MARYLAND EMCOMM
PAUL/ANCHOR : Stories about how Amateur Radio operators get
involved in emergency communications frequently cross the
news desk here. This one, however, has a twist. Marty
Pittinger, KB3MXM is the ARRL Section Manager for the
Atlantic/MDC area. He is working with community groups in
his area to tie other services, such as the Family Radio
Service or FRS, into ham radio emcomm operations. As an
active member of ARES and RACES, Pittinger knows that nonham
groups in the community can have their own emergency
networks too – thanks to this inexpensive unlicensed form of
radio communication. Local groups distribute these radios in
areas where they’re needed to create instant connectivity,
even for people without phones – and this is something hams
can tap into as well. How does it work? Pittinger gave an
PITTINGER: This lady who was on oxygen the power went off
one night and she picked up her FRS radio and she said, “Can
anybody hear me?” and an amateur radio person who happened
to be monitoring FRS said, “Yes, I do.”She says, “Well the
power went out, I was wondering how long it was going to
be.” The ham on the other side said, “Let me find out.” A
little while later, said, “It’s only going to be off for
about an hourandahalf,” and she said, “Oh, that will be
fine. The battery will last that long,” and that was the end
of it. Now, to some, that may not seem substantial, but I go
one step further. You have a community that are sometimes in
need of information, situational awareness that they don’t
have ready access to. Not everybody has a smart phone. Not
everybody has reliable power at their house. Well, if the
power goes off, they don’t have situational awareness when
it comes to, let’s say weather situations or power
situations. That information that was passed along
eliminated the need of sending a health and welfare check or
medical services to remove this lady from her house perhaps
and take her to a medical facility. She may be there for a
long time puts an undue strain on her family or her close
friends or relatives. So the information was passed to her
and she was satisfied with it.
PAUL: Pittinger sees these radios as a simple, inexpensive
vehicle for widening radio networks during an emergency,
especially in areas without a significant ham population. He
recommends that all hams who are involved in emcomm in some
way also pack an FRS radio in their go¬kit and monitor it as
they would any of the ham or civil defense frequencies. For
Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Paul Braun WD9GCO
GLOBAL EVENT LIGHTS OUR WAY FOR 21 YEARS
PAUL/ANCHOR: There are some newcomers in this year's
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend and
organizers consider them to be shining stars, as we hear
from Graham Kemp VK4BB.
GRAHAM: They say there's a first time for everything and
nowhere could that be truer than in amateur radio.
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which happens
the third full weekend in August is marking its 21st
anniversary. It has welcomed 250 registered lighthouses so
far this year but it's also celebrating the debut of a
number of new participants. They include the Ashdod and
Mount Carmel lighthouses in Israel, the Shabla Lighthouse in
Bulgaria, Porthcawl Breakwater in Wales and Tanjung Datu in
Malaysia. Yes, there are even more lighthouses new to the
game in Mexico and Cuba. Organizer Kevin Mulcahy VK2CE said
the event begins on August 18th at 0001 UTC. That is still a
few weeks off and so, as always, the pace of entries is
expected to gather momentum in the days ahead.
Registered participants also include one of South Africa's
most historic lighthouses, which will be activated by the
Boland Amateur Radio Club during the event. The club is
marking its own milestone - their 70th anniversary - with
the special event call sign ZS70BAK.
Kevin and Ted W8TTS maintain the list of lighthouses and
expect the list to reach more than 500 by the final week.
That's a rate of growth you might say is almost at the speed
MELBOURNE STUDENTS READY FOR JULY 17 DATE WITH ISS ASTRONAUT
PAUL/ANCHOR: Youngsters at one Australian primary school
have been waiting for a date with an astronaut - and now
they have it. Robert Broomhead VK3DC tells us more.
ROBERT: It's a date! That would be Tuesday July 17th -
that's when the students at the Essex Heights Primary School
in Melbourne, Australia will get their long-awaited moment
with astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT on board the
International Space Station. The hour will be 6:24 p.m.
local time, which is 08:24 UTC. While the students have
their interaction via telebridge, the rest of the world can
get in on the action by participating on the internet. There
is a livestreaming link for worldwide viewing and it will be
published on the school's website. Just visit www dot
essexheightsps dot vic dot edu dot au (www.essexheightsps.vic.edu.au)
WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX, listen for Carsten, OZ4CG operating
through the 31st of July as OZ4SOP from Bornholm Island for
the Sea Of Peace Award. Send QSLs via Club Log, LoTW and
Eric, SM1TDE is active as SJ1SOP from Gotland Island through
the 31st of July also for the Sea of Peace Award. Send QSLs
via home call, LoTW and eQSL; or search on Club Log.
Pierre, VE3KTB is active through the 21st of July as VY0ERC.
He is at the Eureka Amateur Radio Club station located in
the weather station on Ellesmere Island. Send QSLs via
Listen for Bruce KD6WW and Mike K9AJ operating primarily in
CW as KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0 from Fafarad Island from the
19th to the 23rd of July. The last operation from this rare
IOTA Group was 18 years ago. Listen on 40 meters through 17
meters. They also plan some SSB and possibly FT8. QSL via
Club Log's OQRS, or via home calls, both direct and via the
KICKER: THAILAND CAVE RESCUE WAS A RADIO OPERATION TOO
PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, the world is breathing a little easier
now with the success of the recent Thailand cave rescue
operation -- but did you know that even this has a ham radio
connection? Here's Don Wilbanks AE5DW.
DON: Thirteen young people in Thailand are alive today
partly because of radio - a radio system, in fact, that was
designed by a British ham nearly 20 years ago. The radios
are specialized handhelds that transmit and receive on upper
side band at the ultra-low frequency of 87 kHz -- and they
were instrumental in making contact with the 12 young
members of a football team and their assistant coach who
were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for nearly three
weeks. The radios are called HeyPhones, bearing the name of
John Hey G3TDZ, now a Silent Key. He designed the bulky,
do-it-yourself system 17 years ago for use in cave rescues
in the UK. The radios allow divers to transmit through solid
rock and between cave and surface as well. The ones in
Thailand, sent by the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation,
allowed divers to make contact with the trapped team as the
world held its breath.
The boys and their coach are safe now. While some observers
may say Hey's original design has long since been rendered
obsolete by more modern counterparts, no doubt hams like
John Hey himself would say instead: this is the kind of
radio rescue that never gets old.
FRIDAY EDITION: Enjoy today, wx looks a little rocky this
ILLW and old lighthouses
A recent entry from a German amateur, DL1BWU, related to what
could possibly be the oldest lighthouse entered in the
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW since its
inception 21 years ago.
The lighthouse is located in Skagen, Denmark and was built in
It is referred to as Det Hvide Fyr (The White Lighthouse). It is in
remarkable condition for its age.
It became inactive in 1858 when another lighthouse was built about 1
mile away caleed Det Gra Fyr (The Grey Lighthouse).
One of the objectives of the ILLW is to encourage the restoration
of lighthouses all around the world. Skagen is a classic example of
what can be done to that end with both the White and Grey
WRTC 2018 Call Signs Will Be Y81A through
WRTC 2018 organizers today officially announced the list of call
signs to be used during the World Radiosport Team Championship
) competition that gets under way at 1200 UTC
on Saturday, July 14. The call signs to be used will be Y81A
Y##-prefix call signs, once used by radio
amateurs in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany)
were inherited by the German government after the reunification
of East and West Germany and have not been used since.
The call signs were announced during the WRTC 2018 opening
ceremony today. Shortly before the competition starts on
Saturday, each team leader will select a sealed envelope
containing the team’s call sign. The envelope then is given to
the team’s referee, and 15 minutes before the competition
begins, the referee will hand the envelope to the team leader,
and the team members will then quickly program CW and voice
All team members have been urged not to do anything that
would connect a particular call sign with a specific team, and
those operating in the concurrent IARU HF Championship are asked
not to identify teams they might recognize, when spotting
A live scoreboard will track the progress of WRTC 2018 teams.
WRTC 2018 Live Scoreboard will reflect the personal
call signs of the competitors.
On Thursday morning, WRTC 2018 participants and referees met
for a briefing by organizers,
during which competition organizers explained and clarified all
rules and answered questions.
“Competitors and referees asked for a lot of detail,” a WRTC
2018 announcement said. “especially as regards correct log
keeping and rating of QSOs, such as what to do when the [other
station] sends the wrong zone. The guidelines given at the
meeting are a building block for fair competition, which must
indeed be reflected during contest operation and not only
through subsequent regulatory discussions.”
A detailed briefing also was held specifically for site
referees, during which the function of the power-checking meter
was described and the configuration of the score-collection
THURSDAY EDITION: Building a shooting range in the
basement today for my grandson and his trusty new Red Ryder bb gun,
should be fun..........
Ham radio technology used in
Thailand cave rescue
UK radio amateur John Hey G3TDZ (SK)
designed the special low frequency radio equipment, the
Heyphone, used in the recent cave rescue in Thailand
On Facebook Phil Karn KA9Q posted:
Naturally I got interested in the technical aspects of the
cave rescue in Thailand, particularly communications.
They used the "Heyphone", a voice radio designed by a UK radio
ham, John Hey, G3TDZ, as open-source hardware specifically for
It uses upper (single) sideband voice on 87 kilohertz in the VLF
(very low frequency) band. (That's what it says -- 87 kHz is
The "antenna" consists of two stakes driven into the ground
about 20m apart. Enough of the current between them fringes
outward to couple to another antenna up to a few hundred meters
away (or down).
John Hey passed away in 2016 so he didn't get to see his work
used here. But ham radio should get some of the credit.
Phil Karn KA9Q
John Hey G3TDZ Heyphone Cave Rescue Communication System
Al Williams WD5GNR has written an article on Hackaday about
the cave equipment
MQ-9B Drone Is First
'Civilian-Registered' Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Cross
The first “civilian-registered” remotely piloted drone to
ever make a flight across the Atlantic landed at 6:43pm local
time (1:45pm ET) in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire on Wednesday
after taking off from Grand Forks, North Dakota on Tuesday, the
BBC reported, after traveling nearly 3,800 miles.
The BBC writes that, having completed its historic voyage, the
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems drone in question will be
on display at a show at the airbase which commences at the end
of the week:
The 3,760-mile journey was piloted by an operator located in
The MQ-9B SkyGuardian has arrived ahead of the Royal
International Air Tattoo which begins on Friday.
The aircraft will be on static display during the show.
Astute observers will note that the MQ-9 SkyGuardian line is
famous mostly for its military role, in which it has earned the
nickname of “Reaper” and conjured ominous visions of a future in
which autonomous weapons, instead of human operators, pull their
own triggers. Not that the human operators need help executing
the US’ overseas bombing campaigns: Along with its predecessor
the MQ-1 Predator and a number of other craft, the US has used
the Reaper to perform what is estimated to be thousands of
killings abroad. So at least this demonstration of the line’s
civilian purposes is somewhat less dreadful.
The BBC added that General Atomics CEO Linden Blue told
reporters in a statement, “This historic event was a
demonstration of the endurance and civil airspace capability of
the MQ-9B SkyGuardian, and it is fitting to do this as part of
the centennial celebration of the RAF.”
According to New Atlas, the craft is the latest iteration of the
Reaper line and was modified to meet non-military airspace
standards, as well as comply with regulations from NATO, the
British Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA), and the US
Federal Aviation Administration. Here’s some specs:
The MQ-9B has a wingspan of 79 ft (24 m) and is powered by a
Honeywell TPE331-10 Turboprop engine providing 45 kVA. It can
carry a payload of 4,750 lb (2,155 kg), has a maximum air speed
of 210 knots (242 mph, 389 km/h), and an endurance of over 40
hours at altitudes of up to 40,000 ft (12,200 m).
Now-Hurricane Chris Poses Possible Threat
to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC
has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close
watch on Hurricane Chris. The storm was just upgraded from
Tropical Storm to hurricane status and has gained considerable
forward motion as it bears down on the Canadian Maritimes and
Newfoundland-Labrador with winds of 155 kilometers per hour (100
The storm is moving to the northeast at 37 kilometers
per hour (22 MPH). Hurricane Chris is expected to make landfall
on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula late on July 5 as a
post-tropical depression. Rainfall in the affected area could
amount to 50 to 70 millimeters, with 80 to 100 kilometer per
hour winds and heavy surf.
Environment Canada issued a
Tropical Cyclone Information Statement on July 11.
Amateur Radio operators are encouraged to monitor local
repeaters and IARU
Center of Activity frequencies, and in the affected
area, to provide updates to the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN)
on 14.325 MHz. The HWN has not activated and remains in Alert
Level 2 — monitoring mode.
RAC Vice President and Community Services Officer Doug
Mercer, VO1DM, who is also IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator,
urged Canadian radio amateurs continue to monitor alerts issued
Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by
junk: CubeSats to Deploy from International Space Station on
Japan's space agency JAXA has announced that nine CubeSats
will be deployed from the International Space Station on July
13. Three of the satellites - EnduroSat AD, EQUISat, and MemSat
- will transmit telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio
band. EnduroSat AD will transmit on 437.050 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB GFSK);
EQUISat will transmit on 435.550 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB FSK), and
MemSat will transmit on 437.350 MHz (9.6 kB BPSK).
WEDNESDAY EDITION: Disconnecting the kitchen sink plumbing
and ripping of the counter tops today, the granite guy is coming at
1 to make a template for the new granite counter tops and sink, one
week before they return with the granite means a lot of cooking out
and eating out without a kitchen sink...
FCC Administrative Law Judge Terminates Long-Standing Amateur
License Renewal Case
In a July 9
, FCC Administrative Law Judge
Richard L. Sippel has ended the decade-old license renewal
proceeding involving William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of
Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau
Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Termination of the proceeding and the
dismissal of Crowell’s license renewal application followed his
refusal to appear for a hearing in Washington, DC, to consider
his license renewal and other issues in an enforcement
proceeding that dates back 15 years or more.
decision not to appear at the hearing has the same practical
effect as if he had initially failed, pursuant to Section
1.221(c) of the Rules, to file a written notice of appearance or
otherwise signal his intent to participate in the hearing on his
pending renewal application, i.e., he has waived his right to
prosecute that application,” Harold said in the Enforcement
Bureau’s June 12 motion to dismiss Crowell’s license renewal
In his Order, Sippel said he agreed with Harold’s
determination. Crowell had asserted that the FCC was obliged to
hold field hearings in the city nearest to a licensee’s
residence, but Sippel said that was incorrect. Crowell invoked
financial hardship rules, but Sippel said those would not apply
in an Amateur Radio case. Dismissal of the renewal application
was “with prejudice,” which means that Crowell cannot appeal the
finding. It also puts Crowell off the air.
It has been 10 years since the FCC set Crowell’s license
renewal application for hearing, which was to center on whether
he had violated FCC Part 97 rules in the early 2000s, in part by
causing intentional interference, transmitting music, and “using
indecent language,” and whether he was qualified to have his
renewal application granted.
Crowell raised the lengthy delay in his
response to Harold’s June 12 motion. “The
more-than-10-year delay in holding a hearing herein (that’s only
since the Hearing Designation Order [was] issued; the
pre-HDO part of the case goes back to 2000!) violates my
administrative due process rights,” claimed Crowell, who is an
attorney. “A violation of administrative due process appears
where, due to delay, a party’s ability to obtain the truth has
been seriously compromised.”
Crowell claimed that most of the witnesses who might testify
at a hearing are now deceased, and “the evidence is terribly
stale.” Crowell said the Enforcement Bureau “has no excuse for
not having taken this case to a hearing at a much earlier date,
and, at this point, my ability to elucidate the truth has been
Subsequently, in an August 2016 Forfeiture Order (FO),
the FCC imposed a $25,000 fine on Crowell for intentionally
interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and
transmitting prohibited communications, including music. The FCC
said Crowell did not deny making the transmissions but argued,
in large part, that those transmissions were protected by the
First Amendment of the Constitution.
“It is well-established that regulation of radio in general
does not violate the First Amendment or [the Communications
Act], and courts have made clear that this conclusion applies to
the Amateur Service as well,” the FCC responded.
Prompting the investigation that led the FCC to impose the
substantial fine were complaints by members of the Western
Amateur Radio Friendship Association (WARFA), which conducts
nets three times a week on 75 meters. Crowell had argued that
the WARFA Net monopolized the frequency and refused to let him
check in. Sippel said he had stayed the renewal case on the
basis of the pending Forfeiture Order proceeding, but
said he was later informed that the US Department of Justice had
decided not to prosecute the case. The FCC also denied Crowell’s
request to disqualify Sippel, after Crowell claimed that Sippel
Crowell’s license expired in 2007, but he was allowed to
continue to operate while his renewal application was pending.
With his license renewal proceeding terminated, he may no longer
ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep
Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum
ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite
experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97
Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of
amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized
under Part 5 Experimental rules. In
filed on July 9 in an FCC
proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small
satellites, ARRL suggested that the FCC adopt a “a bright line
test” to define and distinguish satellites that should be
permitted to operate under Amateur-Satellite rules, as opposed
to non-amateur satellites authorized under Part 5 Experimental
“Specifically, it is possible to clarify which types of
satellite operations are properly considered amateur experiments
conducted pursuant to a Part 97 Amateur Radio license, and
[those] which should be considered experimental, non-amateur
facilities, properly authorized by a Part 5 authorization.”
ARRL said it views as “incorrect and overly strict’ the
standard the FCC has applied since 2013 to define what
constitutes an Amateur Satellite, forcing academic projects that
once would have been operated in the Amateur Satellite Service
to apply for a Part 5 Experimental authorization instead. This
approach was based, ARRL said, on “the false rational” that a
satellite launched by an educational institution must be
“non-amateur” because instructors were being compensated and
would thus have a “pecuniary interest” in the satellite project.
ARRL said well-established Commission jurisprudence contradicts
ARRL told the FCC that justification exists to expand the
category of satellite experiments conducted under an Amateur
Radio license, “especially those in which a college, university,
or secondary school teacher is a sponsor.” But, ARRL continued,
a compelling need exists to discourage Part 5 Experimental
authorizations for satellites intended to operate in amateur
allocations by non-amateur sponsors, “absent compelling showings
“There is no doubt but that Amateur Radio should be protected
against exploitation by commercial entities, and there should be
a compelling justification for a Part 5 Experimental license
issued for a satellite experiment to be conducted in amateur
spectrum,” ARRL said. “A defining criterion for this latter
category should be that there is no other spectrum practically
available in lieu of Amateur Radio allocations.”
ARRL noted that International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
policy regarding satellites operated in Amateur Radio spectrum
is only to coordinate satellites where licensees and control
operators are radio amateurs and having a “mission and
operation” consistent with the International Telecommunication
Radio Regulations’ definitions of the Amateur and
Resolution 659, adopted at World Radiocommunication
Conference (WRC) 2015, included protective language against
non-amateur satellites operating in Amateur-Satellite spectrum,
and the exclusion of any amateur bands from spectrum that might
be considered at a future WRC for allocation to the Space
IARU announced in 2017 that it would no longer coordinate
non-amateur satellite operations and adopted new satellite
frequency coordination guidelines. Under that policy,
educational and university satellites may be coordinated only
when an identified amateur component exists, and the mission is
to teach and train students in satellite communication and
building and launching satellites. The individual responsible
for the satellite’s communications must be an Amateur Radio
licensee. IARU will also continue to coordinate space stations
operating under an amateur license and having “a clear amateur
mission,” as well as satellites where a licensing administration
directs the use of an amateur band.
ARRL asserted that incorporating Amateur Radio in
experiential learning using small satellites — e.g., CubeSats —
is good for Amateur Radio, for students, and for the advancement
of technology, and it urged the FCC to adopt a regulatory
paradigm that encourages this approach.
also filed comments in the proceeding. The
AMSAT remarks reflect several of the same concerns expressed by
ARRL, including the suitability of authorizing certain
satellites built by universities and non-profit organizations in
the Amateur Satellite Service, and expressing opposition to
satellites licensed as experimental under FCC Part 5 rules
operating in the Amateur Satellite bands. Interested parties may
file reply comments in the proceeding, IB Docket No. 18-86, by
August 7, 2018.
TUESDAY EDITION: Great day to get yourself outside enjoying
the summer weather instead if sitting in front of a black box that
cost too much money listening to dits and dahs....
How big is the sun? That depends on
when you look, a new study finds.
Our home star shrinks slightly and expands again as it goes
through a solar cycle. That’s a roughly 11-year period. It is
characterized by times of high and low magnetic activity, changes in
sunspot numbers and more. Two researchers now report finding that
when the sun is most active, its radius drops by 1 or 2 kilometers
(0.6 to 1.2 miles). That’s not much. The sun’s full radius is about
700,000 kilometers (435 million miles)!
Unlike many planets, the sun has no solid surface. That is one
thing that makes computing the star’s size challenging. “It’s a
slippery concept,” says Jeff Kuhn. “What does it mean, the radius of
the sun?” asks this astronomer who works at the University of Hawaii
in Maui. One way scientists have measured the orb’s width is based
on how the brightness of the sun falls off from its center. In 2010,
Kuhn’s group did that. That turned up no sign that the sun’s radius
changed during the solar cycle.
The new study does something different. It measures what’s known
as the sun’s seismic radius. Seismic waves travel through the sun’s
interior. Any change in the sun’s size would change the frequency of
This new yardstick has some advantages, says Alexander Kosovichev.
He’s an astrophysicist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in
Newark. “By using the seismic radius,” he says, “we can measure more
accurately.” And that’s what he and Jean-Pierre Rozelot of
Université Côte d’Azur in Nice, France, just did.
To figure out this seismic radius, the two used 21 years’ worth
of data on the waves’ frequencies. Two spacecraft had collected
those data. How much the sun expanded or shrunk varied by depth,
those data show. Some layers within the sun contracted at the same
time that others were expanding. Changes in the magnetic fields
inside the sun could be behind the sun’s shifting size, the
Taken together, the new data point to an overall drop in the
seismic radius when the sun is more active.
This new estimate of the sun’s size is not, however, a
replacement for measuring the radius in terms of overall brightness.
“I think that’s a separate question,” Kuhn says. The two
measurements rely on different techniques. They therefore probe
different traits of the sun’s behavior.
The seismic radius may help scientists understand how the
strength of the sun’s magnetic fields varies at different depths
within the star, notes Sabatino Sofia. He’s a retired astrophysicist
who used to work at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. There had
been hints that the sun’s seismic radius might change over time.
However, he says, the new data “really confirms that during the
activity cycle, the seismic radius of the sun is changing.”
Aviation radiation: New
results from the South Pacific
On the heels of a new study showing that flight attendants
have an elevated risk of cancer compared to the general
population, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky
Calculus recently boarded a plane to New Zealand carrying an
array of cosmic ray sensors.
During their 13 hour flight across the South Pacific, the
team detected secondary cosmic rays in the passenger compartment
almost 40 times stronger than on the ground below.
Their "haul" of radiation included a significant number of
neutrons captured in portable bubble chambers.
Read today's edition of
Spaceweather.com for the full story
BBC: 'shortwave radio
listening continues its steep decline'
Figures published by the BBC show more people are listen
directly to World Service English via the internet than by any
The Global Audience Measure (GAM) figures indicate how many
adults the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment
content in the year 2017/18.
The BBC World Service, which has just undertaken its biggest
expansion since the 1940s, has seen its audience increase by
10m, to 279m. The total global news audience has risen by a
million, to 347m.
The shortwave radio audience has virtually disappeared in
Pakistan, and is down substantially in Nigeria.
Read the BBC report at
Hurricane Watch Net on Alert for
Developing Atlantic Basin Storms
Hurricane Watch New (HWN
Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says the Atlantic Hurricane Basin
seems to want people’s attention. Tropical Depression 3, off the
southeastern coast of North Carolina could become a named storm,
Chris. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has initiated
advisories on TD 3. The system is expected to remain
offshore. The HWN remains at alert level 2 — “monitoring mode.”
“A few computer models show this system growing and moving up
along the US east coast into Nova Scotia, Canada,” Graves said
today. “How strong it will be, if development occurs, is
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Beryl intensified overnight to
become the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane
Season, which began on June 1. A compact storm, Beryl is
predicted to remain east of the Lesser Antilles through early
Sunday. Satellite data indicate maximum sustained winds of
around 80 MPH with higher gusts, and some strengthening is
While Beryl is forecast to quickly weaken or dissipate before
reaching the Lesser Antilles, some rain and wind are expected to
impact those islands early next week.
“Be advised, should the Hurricane Watch Net be called into
action, 20-meter propagation has been very lousy of late and we
may have to operate on both 20 and 40 meters (14.325 MHz
and 7.268 MHz, respectively),” Graves said.
“Should either storm become a threat, the Hurricane Watch Net
will be ready for action. The tropics are getting very
New England Hams
you might run across 75
Jon....Editor of As The World
HRO CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big
motor home, electronics software
Neil...Living large traveling
the country with his
Igor....peddles quality Russian
keys, software engineer
cars and radio gear, nice fella...
going, Harley riding kind of
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can
be found at most ham flea market
...Cobra Antenna builder..
Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who
cooks on the side at
of the Hosstrader's original
organizers, 75 meter regular,
Roger....75 meter regular, easy
going guy, loves to split
cordwood and hunt...
Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Barry- the picture says it all,
he loves food!
Bob....the Mud Duck from the
Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of
Matthew...75 meter regular...our
token liberal Democrat out of VT
meter Regular......residing on
the Cape of Cod, flying planes
and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the
future of mankind, it's scary!
of Davis-RF....my best friend
from high school
going ham found at all the ham
Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
talented ham, loves his
politics, has designed gear for
W1KQ- Jim- Retired
Controller...told quite a few
pilots where to go!
The 3936 master plumber and
Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream
shop, hard working man....
Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience
in all areas, once was a Jacques
Cousteus body guard....
Warren....3910 regular with
Bob, easy going, kind of
like Mr. Rogers until politics
are brought up then watch out...
Bill- Used to work for a bottled
gas company-we think he has been
around nitrous oxide to long .
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day.
Mort...Air Force man
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
regular, wealth of electronic
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them
all!.. 3864 regular for many
Hu....SK at 92... 3864
regular for many years...
Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10",
of the 3864 group
Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned
every radio ever built!
Dan....far from easy going cw
and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio....